Cholent is a traditional meat stew made by many Jewish families every Sabbath. It is prepared on Friday afternoon - rarely measured, so all measurements listed are approximate - and cooks slowly until it is served at lunch on Saturday. I would consider this a basic Ashkenazi cholent, with the flavors of the meat and the onion being dominant. it is open to interpretation, of course, and I often modify the flavors and ingredients depending on my mood. The optional additions are some I've encountered, feel free to add your own!